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A Totally New Concept in the Jewelry Experience. . .
"The Jewelers Notebook"


We will share stories about some of our most interesting projects

Uniquely we make most of our jewelry by hand, the old fashioned way. We concern ourselves with durability not always price. Ironically a good percentage of our work involves around repairing the commercial product people buy online. You can always give us a call 1-888-727-8266 or our direct line 716-773-6256 It has always been our goal to become your hometown jeweler, now in our 47th year on the island.


"2019 Favorite Projects"

Custom Family Heart Pendant - Repurposed 14Kt Gold


What a great way to repurpose gold, a heart with the parents and three children. . . . . and it was FREE :) well almost. As you can see in the sketch the option of adding birthstones is still being considered. Often the value of the gold people bring in is greater than the cost of the job, in fact often enough as in this case to cover the cost of a gold chain, sometimes much more. In a way it feels like FREE and the monthly budget is untouched. Take a minute and go through your jewelry collection and see how many broken chains, single earrings there might be, maybe with gemstones we can include. The process is relatively painless and maybe the magic of the sentimental metal will make it even better. Sometimes we can take that memory from a gift in past and make it new again. Sketches are always FREE and they come with estimates. Again, I only wish I had taken a picture of the original gold lot . . . .


Custom Triangle Knot Pendant from Original Engagement Ring and Band


One of my favorite families from Lockport with a very special request. The customer's sister was losing ground to Alzheimer’s and it was time to repurpose her engagement and wedding rings into a very special pendant she could enjoy. My only regret on this job was no picture of the rings before, sample image is very close. The struggle came trying to remove the individual leaves and flowers from her band and engagment ring, it just took time and patience. Once the parts were removed I grouped the pieces by color and made wire, 14Kt rose, white and green. If you look carefully at the pendant the colors are pretty obvious. Rose for the arms of the cross green for the back and 14Kt white for the triangle knot, representing the Holy Trinity. Placing the engagement diamond at the foot of the cross worked perfectly . . I think. So much of what we do is subjective. Finding a way to repurpose gold is definitely at the top of my list. As a craftsman that loves his craft, there is no better way for us to demonstrate our skills. It starts with an idea and hopefully it turns into a piece that can be as meaningful as the original item it was created from, maybe even more. I only wish I had taken a picture of the original set. . . .

30 Years Ago . . . . post midnight special


A good friend came to me with a special Christmas project. It was about two weeks before Christmas. . .I didn't want to miss the opportunity. I accepted the project with one condition, since it would take hours to make, I had to do it last, agreeing to finish it for Christmas. The ring is totally handmade, in the jewelry industry that means that none of the pieces are from a commercial inventory. You can see the shank is rose and green gold, the top of the ring is all 14Kt white gold. In total there are 40+ pieces of gold, circles and wire prongs, with 72 solder joints. Eight prongs on the center shared with the eight .12ct diamonds around, six hours to build and I delivered the ring at 2AM Christmas morning. It is hard for me to even believe but as my brother would say, "there were no distractions, the shoppe was closed and you were focused, on one thing. Delivering the Special Christmas Ring."

D-Day Awards December 6th 75 Year Anniversary Medallions

In October we were commissioned by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Washington D.C. to create six medallions. The special Awards were presented to six Masons that participated in the D-Day invasion on December 6th 1944. They were in Washington being recognized for their service. It was a privilege to offer our services and be a part of the celebration. We created the graphics including the US Armed Forces Crest then added the text around the border. Each medallion was 2.5" in diameter and weighed almost two ounces of sterling silver. Last year we recreated the Grand Masters Jewel for this lodge, also reworked the Pennsylvania State Grand Masters Jewel. Our attention to detail has given us many of these antique replica projects. From our end it is just another way to utilize the techniques we have perfected within our trade.


"The Insurance Appraisals"
deSignet International offers our customers, past and present Insurance and Estate Appraisals on any jewelry item . . . purchased anywhere. There is only one good time and that is now. The saddest times are when customers come into the shoppe with a story about a burglary in their home and their jewelry has been stolen. Even sadder is when you hear that none of it was insured.

Here is an Engagement Ring we fabricated early this year.
And here is a link to the Appraisal . As you can see it identifies the product with a description and photos showing the actual ring. A typical appraisal with photo might run $70 and in most cases it is done while the customer waits, it could take 15 minutes. As a bonus we clean and sometimes polish the item for FREE.


Greek Orthodox Wedding Rings
I was contacted by a Greek Orthadox priest in Las Vegas, we made bands for a friend of his in San Fransico a few years back. Father Seraphim Ramos supplied us with an image of Jesus Christ he wanted on his band and an image of Mary for his wifes, with text going around the band. More than four hours went into the graphics from which we perfected the models and molds. The finished bands were 18Kt white gold with 18Kt yellow gold electroplate in the background. This project gave me a great sense of accomplishment AND a very happy customer, hopefully more referrals.


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